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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

The Dirt: Cooper-George reopened in downtown Spokane after renovation

The Cooper George building has been completely renovated. It is at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Wall Street in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

People are moving into the Cooper-George Apartments just south of downtown Spokane following a multimillion dollar renovation to the mid century high-rise.

The 144 units in the 13-story building were completely rehabilitated. The building opened in 1952 as high-end living for seniors and had two dining rooms, a grocery store, dry cleaners, a beauty shop and a doctor’s office. More recently, it acted as assisted-living housing for older folks on Medicaid.

Now, after a $7.5 million renovation, the units are market-rate and accepting applications to lease.

Peggy Low, a regional property manager with Greystar who is leasing the units, said the building has already leased to ten residents.

Rents for the building’s studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments range from $820 to $1,575. Residents have access to a common area, private gym and conference room. They also have access to the roof, where a barbeque, seating and scenic views are available.

Low said a local coffee shop will be in the building’s ground floor facing Wall Street.

The building is owned by three Oregon-based developers: Jeb Koerner, Dave Montagne and Kevin Ricker. The three purchased the building at 707 W. Fifth Avenue in 2017 for $5.5 million, though Ricker had been a part owner of the building for a number of years.